The General Code of Ethics for the news media was reviewed and updated by the Australian Press Council in October last year after the MCPNG approached and asked for their assistance, due to the growth of the PNG media industry and the arrival of social media and online news services.
The MCPNG board met and agreed to give the revised edition of the code its stamp of approval in December last year and distribute it to all media personnel on the eve of Papua New Guinea’s 2017 general election.
“I must thank the Australian Press Council for the collaboration and partnership by agreeing to review and revise our General Code of Ethics for the News Media, especially Professor David Weisbrot, chair of the Australian Press Council, who played a major part in the review,” said MCPNG president, Alexander Rheeney.
“The revised code covers all aspects of a growing PNG media industry, including online news services.
“I appeal to all media personnel to use it as a guide when covering the 2017 general elections, as it will ensure that the news content you produce will be of a high standard for your Papua New Guinean listeners, readers and viewers.”
Rheeney said the availability of the new website will ensure that the code, the work as well as the goals and objectives of the MCPNG is now available for media industry personnel and the PNG public to check.
“I urge the public to log on to our website and check out the code so you are aware of the conduct that all media practitioners, including journalists, are expected to benchmark themselves against when covering news in Papua New Guinea.”
Should there be instances of abuse of the revised code; Rheeney said the aggrieved member of the public should not hesitate to contact the respective media organisations or the MCPNG to take it up on their behalf.